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  • Thursday 16 May 2013
  • NO. 5025
  • VOL. 143

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Miscellaneous

Craft Courses

Try something new this spring – Ardington School of Crafts offers short courses with practising craftspeople in beautiful surroundings near Wantage. 150 courses between 1 and 3 days, from stained glass and silver jewellery to textiles and carving, all held in our well-equipped workshops. Unearth your hidden talents and discover why people keep coming back to Ardington School of Crafts. Gift vouchers available. See: www.ardingtonschoolofcrafts.com. Tel: 01235 833433.

Chorister Open Day

New College Choir: Chorister Open Day – Sat 8 Jun at 4pm. Families with boys aged 3–6 are warmly invited to the choir's annual open afternoon about chorister life. There will be question and answer sessions, dressing up, games, musical items, and tea with chorister families, ending with Evensong in chapel. For more information and to register, please contact edward.higginbottom@new.ox.ac.uk or 01865 279519, and see www.newcollegechoir.com.

Nanny share

A family in which both parents are academics has an excellent nanny who looks after their 2 young children. Since the youngest will be starting primary school in Sept, they are looking to share the nanny with another family that lives in the Marston/Headington area and needs childcare during the school day (plus, if relevant, any after-school care of school-age children). Please email neil.kenny@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk or ring 01865 762443.

International Clinical Trials open day

To mark International Clinical Trials day on 22 May the Clinical Research team at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, will be opening the doors to their new facility. Come along for your opportunity to meet the staff, hear a variety of speakers and find out more about clinical research at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. For more information please email valerie.paulley@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.

Competition

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is looking for people to contribute mental health facts and figures to a new series of 'Did You Know?' factsheets aimed at the general public, the media, young people and anyone with an interest in mental health. Entrants can win the title of 'Did You Know?' Master for the best single fact, or one of five runner-up titles of 'Did You Know?' Champion. To enter, email your facts (including references) to svetlana.hemsley@rcpsych.ac.uk or visit www.rcpsych.ac.uk/usefulresources/rcpsychenewsletters/enewsletters2013/may2013/peeb.aspx. Closing date: 31 May.

Research participants sought

HSPR Experiences of multiple conditions. As part of a National Institute for Health Research project, we are looking to interview (either in person or by telephone) both patients and GPs across the country about their experiences of managing multiple conditions, and to seek their thoughts on what might help them to manage these conditions better. We are interested in speaking to patients with at least two of the following conditions: asthma, COPD, diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure and stroke. We would also like to speak to GPs about the issues they face with patients with these conditions, and what they feel could be changed to improve clinical management and patient outcomes. For further information please contact Kate Neal, Health Services and Policy Research Group: kate.neal@phc.ox.ac.uk or 07775 003928.

The Oxford Pregnancy Study is investigating how anxiety during pregnancy may affect mums and babies. We are currently recruiting women who are pregnant for the first time, are between 18 and 40 years old and speak English fluently. Participation in the study will take approximately 2 hours in total, and all participants will be reimbursed for time and travel expenses. For more information about this study, please email prenatal@psych.ox.ac.uk, or telephone 01865 316109.

Researchers at the University of Oxford seek healthy volunteers aged 45–70 for a study that examines brain mechanisms of non-motor learning. Volunteers will take part in a learning task that involves reading. Results will be compared with individuals with movement disorders. Held at the John Radcliffe Hospital; lasts approx 2 hours. Participants reimbursed for time and travel. For information: muriel.panouilleres@ndcn.ox.ac.uk; 01865 234765.

Child Language Study participants needed: we are seeking families willing to take part in research into children's language problems, and the language problems in autism. The research involves 3 half-hour testing sessions with the children, and a phone interview with a parent. We are seeking 3 groups of children: children with an autism spectrum condition, children who have language problems, and children who have no developmental concerns. Please email: hannah.buxton@psy.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford University Newcomers' Club

The Oxford University Newcomers' Club at the University Club, 11 Mansfield Rd, OX1 3SZ, welcomes the wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic members of the University. We offer help, advice, information and the opportunity to meet others socially. Informal coffee mornings are held in the club every Wednesday 10.30–12 (excluding the Christmas vacation). Newcomers with children (0–4) meet every Fri in term 10.15–11.45. We have a large programme of events including tours of colleges, museums and other places of interest. Other term-time activities include a book group, informal conversation group, garden group, antiques group, opportunity to explore Oxfordshire and an opportunities in Oxford group. Visit our website: www.newcomers.ox.ac.uk.

Antiques bought and sold

Antiques and decorative objects bought and sold. Fireplace-related items – grates, firetools, firebacks, fenders, nursery guards; 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century furniture; interesting and unusual items including silver, pictures, desks and library furniture, also garden items such as stoneware or seating. Please ring to sell, or to purchase visit us at Greenway Antiques, 90 Corn St, Witney, Oxon. Open Mon–Fri 9.30–5, Sat 10–5. Tel: 01993 705026. Mobile: 07831 585014.

Restoration and conservation of antique furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration. Thirty years' experience. Collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to the Workshop, 11A High St, Chipping Norton, Oxon, OX7 5AD. Tel: 01608 641692.

Services offered

Big or small, we ship it all. Plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access and mail forwarding worldwide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc, 266 Banbury Rd, Oxford. Tel: 01865 514655. Fax: 01865 514656. Email: staff@mbesummertown.co.uk. Also at 94 London Rd, Oxford. Tel: 01865 741729. Fax: 01865 742431. Email: staff@mbeheadington.co.uk.

Tree surgery. Town and Country Trees Ltd, established in 1993, providing practical help and advice in all aspects of tree and shrub maintenance throughout Oxfordshire and surrounding areas. Dedicated and environmentally sympathetic practitioners in tree care and preservation. Contact Paul Hodkinson on 07976 261850 or 0845 458 2980.

Car/taxi service. Professional, reliable service for business or pleasure. Superb brand new Seat Alhambra: luxury combined with versatility. Panoramic roof, leather seats, air conditioned, lots of luggage room. Also available: luxury Audi A8 limousine with beige leather seats and air suspension to waft you to your destination in comfort and style. Alhambra prices: Heathrow £75; Eurostar £95; Cambridge £125. For more prices or advice: cliveroberts@talktalk.net. Tel: 01865 778608/07917 566077. Accounts welcome.

Carpenter/joiner. For bookcases, wardrobes, etc, made on site to your specifications. Portfolio available. Call Rob Guthrie on 01608 667423 (evening) or 07961 444957 (daytime). Email: rob@robguthrie.com. Web: www.robguthrie.com.

Frances Carroll Nutrition. I am a qualified, regulated and insured nutrition practitioner skilled at identifying nutrient imbalances and correcting them to optimise health. I see people with a wide range of conditions. Most common include mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and panic attacks, those in pain and those wishing to lose body fat. See: www.francescarroll.co.uk; www.facebook.com/francescarrollnutrition; https://twitter.com/FrancesCarroll_; www.francescarrollnutrition.wordpress.com.

Domestic services

DP Gardening Services. RHS-trained gardener available across Oxfordshire. Carry out garden makeovers if selling or renting out your property or just taming your wilderness! All aspects of garden services including hard landscaping. Fully insured, friendly advice, free estimates (within 5-mile radius of OX5). Member of Buy with Confidence scheme. Excellent references. Contact Debbie Payne on 07810 420711 (mobile) or www.dpgardening.co.uk for more information.

Need a gardener? Free estimates. Grass cutting, pruning, lopping, hedge trimming, weeding, planting, leaf sweeping, clearing, tidying, building maintenance. Martin Smith – garden and building maintenance. Contact me on: 07794 320574/01869 244148. Or email on: m.smith_plastering@hotmail.com.

Situations sought

French student (20-year-old girl) looking for an ‘au pair’ placement for summer 2013 in an English family. Ideally for 6 weeks, but ready to do shorter period beginning of Jul to end of Aug. Experience with young children, first aid qualification, good cook, can do housework. Fluent English. For more information (full CV, motivation letter) contact Dr Catherine Gaffard: 01189 268580, catherine.gaffard@hotmail.co.uk.

Houses to let

An Englishman's home is his castle – so the saying goes. We don't have too many castles, but we do have a constant supply of good-quality property to rent in Oxford city. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in letting to academics and other professionals. We aim to provide the friendliest professional service in the city. Visit: www.qbman.co.uk, call: 01865 764533, or email: info@qbman.co.uk.

Summertown (nr St Edward's School); for rent: large comfortable 3-bedroom semi-detached house with garden and patio. Easy access to the city and colleges. Available 1 Jul–14 Oct (15 wks). Rent £350 pw plus phone and utilities, car insurance (free Sky Sports TV). Includes use of Toyota estate car. For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. Email illustrator@korkypaul.com. Tel: + 44 (0)1865 516556 (drop the '0' phoning from abroad).

Our fully furnished 4-bedroom home on St John St is available for rent from Jul 2013–May 2014. The rent is £4,750 pm (all utilities included). Please contact info@tcometals.com.

Delightful furnished detached 2-bedroom Cotswold stone cottage with living/dining room, wood-burning stove, modern kitchen and bathroom, small secluded garden and studio summerhouse in peaceful sought-after village of Wootton near Woodstock (7 miles north of Oxford). Suits single professional or visiting academic couple. N-s only. No pets. Car essential. Deposit and references required. Available from 1 May; £850 pcm plus utilities and council tax. Contact junko@tiscali.co.uk.

House to rent in Bourg-la-Reine (92340 – south-east of Paris – 10 mins RER to Denfert-Rochereau). Available from Jul 2013–Jul 2014; 180sqm. 3 floors: basement: large double living room, family room, kitchen, toilet. Floor 1: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus toilet. Floor 2: 1 bedroom, toilet. Big garden. Parking lot. Perfect for academic in sabbatical and family. Email: guillaume.piketty@sciences-po.fr.

2-bedroom family house to rent for 6 weeks: 21 Jul–31 Aug. Comprising of sitting room and large kitchen–dining room downstairs and 2 double bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. Off-street parking and lovely garden front and back. Situated in east Oxford conveniently near the Cowley Rd with bus stop 5 mins away and 10 mins' bus or cycle ride to city centre. Contact for details: jwhitworth99@gmail.com.

Very attractive house in Wolvercote for rent for month of Jun. Fully furnished, lovely new extension, pretty garden. Good communications to London and Cotswolds. Would suit couple or individual. For further details contact dianahedges@yahoo.co.uk or Chancellors on 01865 516161.

North Oxford: 2 furnished recently built houses: 2-bedroom plus study available from Sept at £1,250 pcm; 3-bedroom plus study from Aug at £1,375 pcm plus council tax and utilities. Best suited to professionals, visiting academics. Excellent residential area of Summertown, amenities, with easy access to most University departments and have en suite, family bathroom, parking, garden. Contact: 01865 516144, a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Central Oxford. Fully furnished terraced family house with garden, Marlborough Rd (10 mins' walk to Oxford town centre), available from 1 Jun. Lovely residential area near the river and park. Freshly decorated, 3 double bedrooms and study, double reception/dining room, kitchen (washer, drier, dishwasher, cooker, oven, large fridge), bathroom and toilet, garden and resident parking; £1,400 pcm plus utilities and council tax; minimum 12-month let. Email: sofya.krutikova@qeh.ox.ac.uk.

One mile from city centre adjacent to South Park. A good-sized, semi-detached house with 3 bedrooms: double, twin, single. Large living/dining room. Modern bathroom and downstairs toilet. Fully equipped kitchen and utility room. Conservatory, gardens, driveway. Gch/double glazing. Fully furnished. Rent £1,350 pcm exclusive. Available mid-Jul. Contact Diana M Myatt: 01865 515342, diana.myatt@tiscali.co.uk.

Flats to let

University Accommodation Office

The University Accommodation Office maintains registers of University housing, and of private rental accommodation, available to full and part-time students, academic visitors and employees of the University. See www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation.

North and central north Oxford furnished apartments. Central north: split-level studios available from Aug or Oct at £775 pcm; 1-bedroom apartment from Sept or Oct at £875 pcm; 2-bedroom apartment from Aug or Oct from £995 pcm. North: 1-bedroom apartment from Aug or Sept at £775 pcm; 2-bedroom apartment from Aug or Sept. Contact: 01865 516144 or a.fiorentino@ntlworld.com.

Accommodation offered

View the best Oxford property rentals now, www.finders.co.uk/search/oxford, Finders Keepers, or call 01865 200012.

Visiting academics welcomed for short or long stays in comfortable home of semi-retired academic couple, situated in quiet, exclusive, leafy central north Oxford within walking distance of main University buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. Rooms have colour TV, tea, coffee, kettle, refrigerator, microwave, free wireless broadband and central and independent heating. Very moderate terms. Linen, cleaning and breakfast included. Tel/fax: 01865 557879. Email: DVL23@talktalk.net.

Scott Fraser – market leaders for quality Oxfordshire property. Selling or letting, buying or renting, we are here to help. Visit www.scottfraser.co.uk for more information or call: Oxford sales: 01865 759500; Witney sales: 01993 705507; Headington lettings: 01865 761111; Summertown lettings: 01865 554577; East Oxford and student lettings: 01865 244666; Witney lettings 01993 777909.

  Affordable accommodation available. Academics, parent or students looking for a nice place to stay. Short- or long-term. B&B or self-catering rooms, which are all personally visited to offer quality accommodation in welcoming private homes in many Oxford locations. B&B from £28/night or £190/wk, all-inclusive. Long-term discount available. TV, free wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, use of microwave. Linen and towels. For information, tel: 01865 435229, email: info@abodesuk.com or visit: www.abodesofoxford.com.

Self-contained unit of double en suite bedroom, sitting/dining room and kitchenette (hob, small cooker, fridge) in striking modern house on rural western outskirts of Oxford. Television, internet, heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, shared use of washing machine all included. Bus service to Oxford centre. Non-smokers only. Single occupancy £220 pw, £680 pm, maximum 3 months, corresponding double occupancy £260, £780. Phone 01865 721644 or email richard.gilliane@btinternet.com.

Accommodation sought

University Accommodation Office

Landlords – do you have a spare room, flat or house to let? Oxford University Accommodation Office seeks all types of short- and long-term accommodation for students, academic visitors, postdocs and members of the University. Our Studentpad software allows landlords to quickly advertise properties online, amend details and upload photos. See: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/landlord. For information: 01865 280811.

Family accommodation wanted in or near Oxford 1 Jun–1 Sept (with some flexibility between these dates): professional alumni family who work in Kenya for DFID (www.dfid.gov.uk) in search of an abode. Must be child-friendly. For more information, references and alumni details, please contact: Liz Drake (ex-Magdalen) on: lizdrake73@gmail.com or l-drake@dfid.gov.uk. Skype: kampalacake and Kenya mobile: +254 700326560. LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/pub/liz-drake/4/80/4a2.

House wanted to rent – new bursar seeking preferably unfurnished house preferably north Oxford, or villages around Eynsham, from Jun/Jul. Very responsible family: 2 teenage children and well-behaved dogs. If you can help, please contact vicki.stott@st-hughs.ox.ac.uk.

Wanted: 2–3-bedroom flat or family home for 2013–14 academic year in Jericho area or north Oxford. Oxford academic and his daughter seek accommodation Aug 2013–Jul 2014, but can be flexible with dates if necessary. Within easy proximity to local high schools. Email: paul.betts@sant.ox.ac.uk.

Couple seeking furnished house to rent within easy commuting distance of central Oxford. Wife is a matriculating MPhil student at Oxford, husband is a published fiction writer working from home. We have no children or pets, are non-smokers, and can provide excellent references from previous landlords and also complete financial proofs. We would welcome a longer lease, but will be glad to lease for a single year. Contact: dmueenuddin@gmail.com.

Self-catering apartments

OxfordShortlets offers a portfolio of high-quality, self-catering, short-let properties as an excellent alternative to hotel, guesthouse or bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford and surrounding villages. Wide selection of quality homes available for short-stay lets from 1 week to several months. OxfordShortlets caters for professional individuals, groups or families visiting Oxford for holiday, business, academic and relocation purposes or for temporary accommodation between homes. Tel: 01865 311696. Fax: 01865 511010. Email: admin@oxfordshortlets.co.uk. Web: www.oxfordshortlets.co.uk.

Visiting Oxford? We have studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments conveniently located for the various colleges and University departments, available from 1 week to several months. Apartments are serviced, linen provided, rental includes all bills. Most of our guests are visiting academics like you. Details, photos and prices on our website: www.weeklyhome.com. Email: info@weeklyhome.com or tel: 01993 811711.

Sunny north Oxford garden flat with off-street parking available for short/medium-term lets, ideal for 1 person. Newly built with French doors opening onto south-facing garden area, WiFi and TV provided. Lounge/dining area, fully equipped kitchenette with fridge/freezer and microwave. Separate access with own hallway including storage and washer/drier, beautiful bathroom with shower. Fresh linen regularly; £50 per night, bills included, minimum 3 nights. Email: guestsuitenorthoxford@gmail.com. Tel: 0044 (0)7764 574700.

Holiday lets

Midhurst. Romantic, primitive, 2-bedroom gamekeeper’s cottage up a muddy farm track in national park at the foot of the South Downs. Open fire, polished floor, simple kitchen; dishwasher, washing machine; broadband, no TV, large study. On own 190-acre organic farm – woods, valleys, river, bluebells, deer. Available weekends; discounts for junior academics. Pictures at www.wakehamfarm.com or email haroldcarter@mac.com.

Cornwall, cottage and restored chapel in quiet hamlet on South-west Coastal Footpath within 100m of the sea and minutes from Caerhays and Heligan. Each property sleeps 6. Comfortably furnished, c/h, wood burner and broadband. Ideal for reading, writing, painting, walking, bathing, bird watching. Beautiful beach perfect for bucket and spade family holidays. Short winter breaks available from £200. Tel: 01865 558503 or 07917 864113. Email: gabriel.amherst@btconnect.com. See: www.cornwallcornwall.com.

Apartments in Tuscany – 4 beautifully renovated flats within the 12th-century town walls of Anghiari, looking out 300ft above the Upper Tiber valley. This exquisite little hill town is the perfect base for day trips to Arezzo, Florence, Sienna, Cortona, Assisi and Perugia and walks in the Abruzzi mountains. Many local activities to enjoy, including the Olympic-sized outdoor pool in nearby San Sepulchro. 'Casa Cantabria' sleeps 5 (£750/wk; www.vrbo.com/253555); 2 smaller flats sleep 2 (£550 or £500/wk; www.vrbo.com/261392 and www.vrbo.com/265013). For larger rooms with huge windows and no stairs, try Tiber View which sleeps 4 (£650/week; www.vrbo.com/433673). Alternatively, with a 33% discount over winter, a stay in this friendly, small town would be perfect for a sabbatical month or 2. Website: www.anghiarimagic.com or contact louise.upton@dpag.ox.ac.uk for more details.

Noon Large, open-plan house to rent in SW France with huge pool, tennis court and spectacular views. Near Lagrasse. Sleeps max 12 people. Set in 22 acres of private grounds, with ponds and river access. Great for children as so much to explore. Near to Mediterranean beaches and Pyrenees. Visit www.the4vents.com or call 07973 891284.

Lovely house to rent in Ste-Suzanne, Pays de Loire. Village classified as 'one of the most beautiful in France'. Ideally positioned, unspoiled countryside and next to best boulangerie in area! Village has open-air swimming pool in summer. Easily accessible from UK seaports and airports. Great for walking, relaxing, visiting markets, creative projects. Sleeps 7 comfortably. Prices range £300–£475 pw. Contact penboreham@ntlworld.com; 01865 424749.

Property for sale

House for sale in sought-after village just 5 miles north of Oxford. The village of Yarnton has a local primary school (Ofsted rating 'good'); park; GP surgery; pharmacy; convenience store and farm shop. An extended and improved 3/4 bedroom semi-detached house in Merton Way. Too many features to list here, for sale £289,995, with Thomas Merrifield Kidlington. Possible investment property for rental at approx £1,400 pcm. Please see link: www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-35977147.html.